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Monday, November 19, 2012

On Thanksgiving Day how do you get the turkey into the oven and the kids out of your hair?

It's not as hard as you think, say family dinner experts. A number of strategies – crafts tables, light snacks, and yes, even inviting the kids into the kitchen – will ensure that all is well when you finally sit down to give thanks.

Though it seems counterintuitive to bring the kids into the kitchen while you're negotiating stuffing, squash and your mother-in-law's running commentary, giving eager children a job lets them feel like they're part of the action.

Monday, November 19, 2012

The Black Diamond Writers' Network is looking for those who are passionate about writing to attend its December meeting, where members will brainstorm ideas and set 2013 writing goals. The meeting will be from 10 a.m. to noon, Dec. 15, at the Tamaqua Public Library, 30 S. Railroad St. A holiday get-together will follow.

Monday, November 19, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Nicole Michalik, a former Summit Hill native now residing in Philadelphia, will take her weight loss experiences to the Big Apple in the new off-Broadway production "The Diet Show." Michalik will join eight other former "Biggest Loser" contestants, a model and a comedian as they talk about their struggles with weight.

Nicole Michalik likes that she was once a "loser."

A "Biggest Loser" that is.

The weight loss show has not only helped the former Summit Hill native transform her life, it has also helped spark her career as an on-air personality for Mix 106 and Q102 and the social networking manager for Q102, Mix 106 and Radio 1045 in Philadelphia.

Now, Michalik is taking her life-changing experiences on the road and hitting the Big Apple in an off-Broadway production called "The Diet Show." The show opens at 7 p.m., Tuesday in the Traid Theatre, 158 W. 72nd St., New York.

Monday, November 19, 2012
STACEY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Verona Pizza House in Lehighton will offer a free Thanksgiving dinner this Thursday from 1-3:30 p.m. for members of the community in need. The meal is co-sponsored by Dr. William Howland, a Lehighton dentist. Helping to prepare and serve the meal will be Verona employees including, from left, Bobby Buglov, restaurant owner; Kristin Tyahla, George Slavy, and Georgi Buglov.

The owner and employees of Verona Pizza House in Lehighton will host a free Thanksgiving meal this Thursday for members of the community in need. The meal will be offered from 1-3:30 p.m. at the Lehighton Rec Center on Eighth and Iron streets in Lehighton.

The community lunch is also sponsored by the office of Dr. William Howland, a Lehighton dentist.

Friday, November 16, 2012

If you start roasting a 14-pound turkey at 375 F at 7 a.m. and need to feed 15 people – including three vegetarians, a vegan and two gluten intolerants – by 1 p.m., how many pounds of cranberries do you need if the stuffing is baked outside the bird and the pumpkin pie is cut into 11.75 equal wedges?

Or am I the only cook who suffers flashbacks to grade school word problems every time I try to calculate the many mathematical angles of assembling Thanksgiving dinner?

Friday, November 16, 2012
Josephine Holman

Josephine (Smith) Holman, a resident of Heritage Hill Senior Community in Weatherly, is celebrating her 93rd birthday today.

She was born on Nov. 16, 1919 in Yorkshire, England.

She has also resided in Clearwater, Fla.; Willow Grove, Sandy Run, Hazleton and Weatherly.

Josephine was married to William Holman for 62 years, until his passing in 2002.

She has a son, William Holman Jr. of Willow Grove, and a daughter, Nancy Shaw, who resided in Hartford, Conn. before her death in 2003.

Josephine has one granddaughter and two great-grandchildren.

Friday, November 16, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Weatherly High School semiformal was recently held at Sand Springs Country Club. During the evening the King and Queen and their court were announced. This year's King was Joshua Rusnock and Queen was Alexis Boyarski. The first runners up were Lindsay Douglas and Joseph Haganey. The second runners up were Kali Coll and Jared Nyer.

Friday, November 16, 2012
Helen Rhoades

Helen (Reimiller) Rhoades, a resident at Heritage Hill Senior Community, Weatherly, is celebrating her 93rd birthday. Born in Hazleton Nov. 16, 1919, she is the daughter of the late Clora and Charles Reimiller.

On Nov. 5, 1938, Helen wed Charles Rhoades, who died in 2004. They had three children: Clo-Ellen Rhoades Triano of Richmond, Va.; Charles Oscar Rhoades (deceased); and George Byron Rhoades, Weatherly.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Carissa M. Mace, 129 Pine St., Tamaqua and Thomas E. Robin, 537 Arlington St., Tamaqua.

Janette A. Lee, 243 S. Kennedy Drive, McAdoo, and David C. Korn, 107 W. Biddle St., Gordon.

Maryliss W. Hirsch and Samuel W. Schaffer, 649 Arlington St., Tamaqua.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Mike Kitsock, president of the Schuylkill County Volunteer Fire-Fighters Association, will share his knowledge about writing and publishing historical works at the next meeting of the Black Diamond Writers' Network, 10 a.m. until noon, Saturday, Nov. 17 at the Tamaqua Public Library, 30 S. Railroad St., Tamaqua.